In my Political Studies class, we have talked about what the Legislative Branch is and when they do in today's U.S government. During a two day lecture, in which my teacher explained exactly what the U.S Legislative sytem does, I have a pages of notes and new things to share with you all about what I learned about the Legislative Branch.
First, lets talk about how the branch is broken up. The Legislative Branch is broken up in two separate branches: the House of Representatives and the Senate. Both have meetings about laws and currently as well as have a majority of Republicans, but they both differ in more ways than they are similar. Let’s talk about the House of Representatives first;
The House of Representatives is currently made up of mostly Republicans, whose parties are based on their own ideologies and what their state voted them in for. The House has 435 members, and each of the members get a 2 year term. After their two years come up, they can either run again or just give up their seat to another person that was voted in. Since the majority of this party is Republican right now the rules and scheduling of the house of representatives is left to Republicans. To get very specific on how they differ, the House has policy specialists, while the Senate has Policy generalists. Policy specialists are people that know alot about a small amount of topics, while policy generalists are people that know a little about many things The Senate They also have a Speaker of the house, which is currently Paul Ryan.
Now for the Senate. The Senate is also controlled by the Republican party (the majority), but the senate is not based on population like in the House. Senate is always 2 senate members per state, so even though there may be a lot of people in California and only a little in Montana, they both have 2 senate members per state. When it comes to debating, the House can debate for only an hour before their meeting must come to a close, but the Senate can debate literally forever. If a senate member starts filibustering, and just rants for a really long time talking about anything that could relate to the bill or tax at hand, then unless 2/3rds of senate votes for them to be quiet, they can stall the bill for up to 24 hours.
To conclude, the House of Representatives and the Senate have very different jobs, but they are also similar in some ways. I hope this post has helped you learn more about this topic and helps you learn more about the government that Americans live in everyday.